A few weeks ago, Roger Farmer
kindly drew my attention to a recent paper of his - "The Stock Market Crash Really Did Cause the Great Recession" (here
). To whet your appetites, here's the abstract:
"This note shows that a big stock market crash, in the absence of central bank intervention, will be followed by a major recession one to four quarters later. I establish this fact by studying the forecasting ability of three models of the unemployment rate. I show that the connection between changes in the stock market and changes in the unemployment rate has remained structurally stable for seventy years. My ﬁndings demonstrate that the stock market contains signiﬁcant information about future unemployment."